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  • BESE approves review of science standards

    June 22, 2016 9:17 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The state's top school board has endorsed a potentially controversial review of science standards in Louisiana's public schools. The benchmarks used today were crafted in 1997, and they are the third oldest in the nation. Under the plan, a 31-member committee will oversee the revisions with the... more »
  • Push to restrict charter schools hits legislative resistance

    April 15, 2016 5:37 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The push to curb the growth of charter schools has taken hits in the Louisiana Legislature. The Senate Education Committee, without objection, agreed Thursday to shelve legislation that would ban Louisiana's top school board from authorizing charter schools rejected by local boards in most districts. The vote is... more »
  • Common Core revisions OKd by state education board

    March 4, 2016 6:38 PM

    NEW ORLEANS- Louisiana's education board has approved Louisiana-specific revisions to the multi-state Common Core standards for math and English. Friday's 10-1 vote in Baton Rouge by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education approves changes adopted last month in New Orleans by an advisory panel. That panel was assembled... more »
  • Working group creates policy to help graduates seek financial aid

    March 1, 2016 2:53 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A newly commissioned Financial Aid Working Group came together for the first time in Baton Rouge as they begin developing an action plan to implement the state’s new student financial aid choice policy. The group’s goal is to increase student access to financial aid and to... more »
  • Louisiana's state education board has a new president

    January 13, 2016 3:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's top school board has a new president. The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has eight new members on the 11-member panel. The board voted Wednesday to place the only three returning members into leadership roles. Jim Garvey, a lawyer from Metairie, was... more »
  • Edwards education board appointees noncommittal on White

    January 9, 2016 11:22 AM

    NEW ORLEANS - New members of the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education take office Tuesday but it remains unclear what types of changes may be in store for Louisiana schools. Gov.-elect John Bel Edwards, who takes office Monday, said during the campaign that he wants to replace... more »
  • School systems concerned about nonprofits authorizing charter schools Play Video

    January 7, 2016 4:22 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Several school systems in the Baton Rouge region are speaking out against the possibility of a nonprofit having authority to approve charter schools. New Schools for Baton Rouge, a local nonprofit, applied for authority to approve charter schools with the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education.... more »
  • Louisiana ranks 10th in charter school promotion

    December 15, 2015 9:17 AM

    LAFAYETTE- A new study finds Louisiana ranks 10th in the country when it comes to state policies that promote a strong charter school sector. The National Association of Charter School Authorizers gave Louisiana 24 points out of a possible 33 points. It also noted that 73 percent of the state's... more »
  • State policy will require school seniors to apply for aid

    December 7, 2015 8:16 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has approved a new policy that will require the state's public school seniors apply for education aid for college. BESE approved the policy last week which will require the state's 35,000 high school seniors to apply for the aid or... more »
  • No punishment for school where student skip Common Core test

    December 2, 2015 9:16 AM

    BATON ROUGE- The state's top school board has approved a policy that would allow schools where about 5,000 students skipped Common Core tests to avoid any penalties. Jane Smith, a member of the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and longtime Common Core critic, praised the plan approved on... more »
  • BESE authorizes creation of 2 new charter schools

    December 2, 2015 8:04 AM

    BATON ROUGE- State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education committee has authorized the creation of two new charter schools set to open next year over the objects of the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board. The action came Tuesday despite fierce opposition from local school leaders, including Superintendent Warren Drake.... more »
  • Common Core supporters hold onto BESE seats

    October 25, 2015 12:56 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Despite outcries from people opposed to Common Core, many members of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education who support the standards won back their seats. Six of the eight BESE races went to people who supported Common Core, and two people who lost their seats... more »
  • Board approves plan to reopen Istrouma High

    October 15, 2015 7:33 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Thursday night, the East Baton Rouge Parish School Board unanimously agreed to start the ground work of reopening Istrouma High School. Recently, Superintendent Warren Drake said it was his goal to take control of the school back from the Recovery School District and eventually get public... more »
  • La. education board sets grading scale for Common Core tests

    October 13, 2015 5:42 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's state school board has set the student grading scale for Common Core-aligned standardized tests. The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education adopted a scale that Education Superintendent John White says will allow for Louisiana students' performance to be compared with students in 10 other states... more »
  • La. Common Core test results 'roughly comparable' to past

    October 12, 2015 3:19 PM

    NEW ORLEANS - Louisiana's education chief says student performance on new, more rigorous standardized tests aligned to Common Core standards was "roughly comparable" to results from tests used in the past. However, math performance was lower. And the percentage of students who show what state officials currently consider "mastery"... more »
  • Education board president says he won't run again for seat

    September 9, 2015 4:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The president of Louisiana's top school board has decided he won't run for re-election. Chas Roemer announced Wednesday that he won't be on the Oct. 24 ballot seeking to return to his seat on the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education representing the Baton Rouge area.... more »
  • BESE approves plan to make childcare more affordable Play Video

    August 12, 2015 4:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Some federal dollars will now be used in Louisiana to help parents in need save hundreds of dollars on child care each year. The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education approved additional federal funding for child care assistance this week. The money will be used to... more »
  • Increase to child care assistance program gets BESE support

    August 12, 2015 5:43 AM

    BATON ROUGE- Louisiana's state school board has given initial backing to a proposal boosting day care assistance to low-income families. A plan that won preliminary support Tuesday from the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education will increase subsidies available to parents, using $10 million in available federal funding. When the... more »
  • BESE retreat casualty of upcoming elections

    July 29, 2015 10:59 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The upcoming races for the state's top school board have helped temporarily shelve plans for a retreat by the 11-member panel. The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education earlier planned to have the gathering on Aug. 10, just ahead of its two-day regular meeting. A BESE... more »
  • Common Core debate overlaps party lines Play Video

    April 13, 2015 6:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE- In his final legislative session as Governor, Bobby Jindal pushed his agenda and said eliminating common core is chief among the issues he wants lawmakers to tackle. To loud applause, Jindal called on lawmakers to get rid of the education standards. "That's why I'm here to tell... more »
  • Jindal proposes bills to fight Common Core Play Video

    March 18, 2015 1:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal proposed a trio of bills Wednesday which would strip the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education of some authority to handle the state's education and shift them to the Legislature, the latest step in his efforts to end Louisiana's involvement with the Common Core... more »
  • Parents, teachers fight looming state takeover Play Video

    March 16, 2015 6:03 PM

    BAKER - Frustrated parents and teachers met Monday to hear a plan designed to save an elementary school in Baker poised to be taken over by the state. Bakerfield Elementary school is eligible for takeover by the Recovery School District following four years of failing grades. The school has... more »
  • Anti-Common Core activist claims Arabs influenced it Play Video

    March 5, 2015 12:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Anti-Common Core activists attending a Board of Elementary and Secondary Education meeting Thursday made outlandish claims about the standards, with one saying they were opposed due to believed "Muslim bias" in textbooks associated with assessment tests connected to the standards. Common Core and its assessment exam,... more »
  • Superintendent seeks quicker review of Common Core standards

    February 23, 2015 3:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's education superintendent is proposing to speed a review of the state's use of Common Core and to delay consequences for the switch to the multistate education standards. The changes, announced Monday by Superintendent John White, seek to blunt efforts by Common Core opponents like Gov. Bobby... more »
  • Teacher evaluation system could change Play Video

    February 10, 2015 4:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Some teachers do not want student test scores weighing heavily on whether they keep their jobs. A 26-member legislative subcommittee met Tuesday to finalize recommendations to the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education on how to improve the evaluation system. Right now standardized test scores count... more »
  • Jindal urges BESE to allow "opt-out" for PARCC test

    January 30, 2015 3:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal issued an executive order Friday declaring parents should be able to opt their children out of taking the assessment test tied to the Common Core educational standards, which have created a deep political divide in Louisiana public education. The governor's order directs the... more »
  • BESE delays action on teacher retirement study

    January 14, 2015 2:47 PM

    BATON ROUGE - In a turnaround, the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has delayed action on a study of Louisiana's $12 billion teachers' retirement debt. A $143,000 study to do the review cleared a BESE committee Tuesday 8-2. But final action was delayed Wednesday until the board's March... more »
  • Shreveport principal gets BESE appointment

    January 6, 2015 10:09 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A Shreveport elementary school principal has been named to Louisiana's top school board to temporarily fill the unexpired term of Walter Lee, who resigned amid legal problems. Mary Johnson Harris, principal of highly rated South Highlands Elementary Magnet School, was named Monday by Gov. Bobby Jindal to... more »
  • Jindal administration questioning education contracts

    December 16, 2014 4:56 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration is questioning whether Education Superintendent John White is dividing his department's contracts into smaller pieces to sidestep oversight and public bid requirements. The Office of State Procurement sent White a letter Tuesday saying it found a "questionable volume" of recent contracts ranging from... more »
  • Education board moves ahead with licensing revamp

    December 2, 2014 4:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - New licensing regulations are on the way for Louisiana's child care centers and preschool programs. A majority of Board of Elementary and Secondary Education members backed the new rules Tuesday, with final passage expected Wednesday. The vote was 7-2 from a BESE committee, with nearly all board... more »
  • Ebola scare shows holes in state education procedure Play Video

    October 15, 2014 9:40 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Ebola scare has prompted precautionary measures from top state educators. Wednesday, the State Department of Education along with the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education met with the Department of Health and Hospitals and the Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness to introduce... more »
  • Walter Lee pays restitution to BESE

    October 15, 2014 10:11 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State education board member Walter Lee has reimbursed the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education an amount state auditors said he owed for improper payments received for travel and lodging over a three-year period. BESE communications manager Kevin Calbert tells The Times that Lee paid $13,073... more »
  • December court date set for BESE member Walter Lee

    October 12, 2014 2:15 PM

    MANSFIELD, La. - A new court date has been set for a state education board member accused of stealing public funds through double-dipping. Board of Elementary and Secondary Education member Walter Lee will be in a DeSoto Parish courtroom Dec. 10. The date was set last week during a pretrial... more »
  • After win over Governor, state begins implementing tests

    August 19, 2014 4:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Judge Todd Hernandez issued a defeat to Governor Bobby Jindal in the fight over Common Core in Louisiana Tuesday. The judge granted a request by parents, teachers, and charter school managers who sued Jindal to stop several executive orders and actions meant to remove the state... more »
  • Anti-Common Core hearing today Play Video

    August 15, 2014 7:44 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The court battle over the future of Louisiana's education continues today. Later today, state District Judge Tim Kelley will hold a hearing for an anti-Common Core challenge filed by 17 state lawmakers. They claim the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) broke a state law... more »
  • Schools using Common Core for now Play Video

    August 13, 2014 6:01 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Schools throughout the state are instructed to teach Common Core standards without any set test in place after the state school board voted to eliminate the LEAP testing. Deborah Meaux taught for more than 30 years and has always been a supporter of Common Core, and... more »
  • Iberville School Board sues BESE over charter funding Play Video

    August 12, 2014 7:00 PM

    IBERVILLE - The Iberville Parish School District is suing the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education for more than $3 million saying BESE is wrongfully giving district money to a charter school. The Iberville School Board voted Monday to file suit saying state funding is being inappropriately allocated. ... more »
  • Common Core dispute heads to court next week

    August 8, 2014 2:45 PM

    BATON ROUGE - After months of traded accusations between Gov. Bobby Jindal and Louisiana's education leaders, the feud over the Common Core education standards gets aired in court next week. Up first is a Tuesday hearing in which Jindal is asking a judge to dismiss parts of a lawsuit filed... more »
  • Jindal asks judge to bar use of Common Core tests

    August 6, 2014 11:34 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal is asking a judge to prohibit state education leaders from using testing material tied to the Common Core standards in Louisiana's public schools. Jindal filed a petition Wednesday seeking an injunction that would keep the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and the... more »
  • Roemer tells Press Club that Common Core is staying Play Video

    August 4, 2014 1:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Summer vacation for most students ends in a matter of days, but the fight over Common Core won't end anytime soon. Chas Roemer is president of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and said Common Core has turned into a fiasco caused by Governor Bobby... more »
  • Hearing dates set in both Common Core lawsuits

    July 30, 2014 2:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Mid-August hearing dates have been set for dueling lawsuits over Louisiana's use of the Common Core education standards in public schools. Judge Tim Kelley will hear arguments Aug. 15 in a lawsuit filed by 17 state lawmakers who are seeking an immediate suspension of the multi-state English... more »
  • BESE says constitutional authority at stake with suit Play Video

    July 29, 2014 5:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - While teachers and families prepare for classes to start in a couple of weeks, state leaders are swamped with lawsuits and political fights over the participation in Common Core. The state's top school board voted Tuesday to join a lawsuit already filed against Governor Bobby Jindal... more »
  • Jindal files countersuit against CC supporters

    July 29, 2014 1:21 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Governor Bobby Jindal's administration filed a countersuit Tuesday against supporters of Common Core in the ongoing political firefight over who controls the state's education system. Jindal's countersuit seeks to invalidate the Memorandum of Understanding filed with the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers,... more »
  • BESE votes to join Common Core lawsuit against JIndal

    July 29, 2014 12:19 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Members of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted Tuesday to join a lawsuit filed to challenge Governor Bobby Jindal's efforts to stop Common Core in Louisiana. The board voted 6-4 to join the suit filed on behalf of several parents, educators, and charter school... more »
  • BESE special meeting planned over Common Core

    July 28, 2014 11:08 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The state school board announced they would hold a special meeting Tuesday to discuss recently filed lawsuits affecting the Common Core education standards. The Board of Secondary and Elementary Education scheduled the meeting for 11 a.m. at the Claiborne Building. The agenda included consideration of... more »
  • BESE effort to hire lawyer faces Jindal resistance

    July 24, 2014 12:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state education board has hit a roadblock from Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration in its efforts to hire a law firm to pursue a possible lawsuit against the governor. The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is considering whether to get involved in a lawsuit against... more »
  • White calls Common Core lawsuit a stalling tactic

    July 21, 2014 4:02 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A group of state lawmakers filed a lawsuit Monday in an effort to stop the adoption of the Common Core education standards in Louisiana public schools. The lawsuit, filed on Monday afternoon by Rep. Brett Geymann and 16 other lawmakers, contends that the state education board... more »
  • BESE offers "final" Common Core compromise

    July 16, 2014 4:20 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State education officials sent a final compromise proposal over Common Core issues to Governor Bobby Jindal Wednesday, offering to bid out for contracts on new standardized tests for the next school year if certain conditions were met. The proposal came from Board of Elementary and Secondary... more »
  • Increase in vouchers raises questions Play Video

    July 15, 2014 6:26 PM

    BATON ROUGE - This upcoming school year nearly 7,000 students will use vouchers to attend private schools paid for by the state and your tax dollars. The program was originally set up to provide options for low-income families as an opportunity for kids in failing schools to attend a... more »
  • Governor against BESE testing compromise

    July 10, 2014 12:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State school board leaders announced a compromise Thursday in the ongoing political fight over Common Core testing in Louisiana, but it was dead on arrival at Governor Bobby Jindal's office. BESE President Chas Roemer said the board sent a letter to Governor Bobby Jindal proposing that... more »
  • BESE members to discuss testing plan

    July 10, 2014 10:55 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Three state school board officials scheduled a media briefing Thursday to discuss what they said was a potential solution for standardized testing next school year. Board of Secondary and Elementary Education President Chas Roemer, along with VP Jim Garvey and Secretary Holly Boffy, will take part... more »
  • Educators continue with Common Core Play Video

    July 2, 2014 5:51 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Teachers and students have a lot of questions as the political fight heats up over Common Core education standards. Governor Bobby Jindal wants to kills the state's involvement with the new standards, but there's no "plan B" in place once school starts this fall. Educators... more »
  • BESE votes to hire lawyer for Common Core issues Play Video

    July 1, 2014 5:44 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted 6-3 Tuesday to hire an attorney to help them deal with the political firefight that's erupted over Common Core in Louisiana. However, the board said the attorney would not file suit against Gov. Bobby Jindal without first coming... more »
  • BESE special meeting on Common Core testing today

    July 1, 2014 3:33 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's Board of Elementary and Secondary Education is holding a special meeting to consider responses to Gov. Bobby Jindal's efforts to derail the Common Core education standards in public schools. The Jindal administration has suspended a state contract to try to keep the education department from buying... more »
  • BESE sets special meeting to discuss Common Core

    June 25, 2014 4:07 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's top school board is holding a special meeting next week to talk about Gov. Bobby Jindal's attempt to derail the Common Core education standards in public schools. The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education set a Tuesday meeting to discuss "possible next steps." BESE President Chas... more »
  • BESE: La. will continue to implement Common Core

    June 18, 2014 2:17 PM

    BATON ROUGE - State education officials defied Governor Bobby Jindal Wednesday afternoon, saying Louisiana will continue to implement Common Core education standards. This came just an hour after Jindal's announcement that he would seek to remove the state from the program. Superintendent John White, whom Jindal appointed, said... more »
  • Education dept. working on student privacy changes

    June 17, 2014 3:41 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state education board is steering up to $1 million to an education department effort to create a new identification system for public school students that doesn't use social security numbers. The use of unique student identification numbers is required under a recently-passed bill seeking more protections... more »
  • House lawmakers reject ethics exemption for BESE

    May 29, 2014 6:34 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Lawmakers in the House refused to carve out an ethics exemption for members of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education that would have let them enter into contracts with state government. The proposal got tacked onto a separate Senate bill by a House committee. But the... more »
  • Senate debate resubmitted school financing proposal

    May 19, 2014 12:59 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Louisiana Senate will debate an updated $3.6 billion formula to pay for Louisiana's public schools next year, after the Senate's budget committee voted 10-1 Monday for the latest version submitted by state education leaders. The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education rewrote the 2014-15 school financing... more »
  • Senators shelve BESE school financing proposal

    May 1, 2014 12:57 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Senators have rejected the $3.5 billion school financing plan the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education proposed for next year. The Senate Education Committee shelved the proposal without objection Thursday. Committee Chairman Conrad Appel said he disagreed with BESE's inclusion of an automatic growth factor in... more »
  • Bill for more elected BESE members rejected

    April 23, 2014 4:38 PM

    BATON ROUGE - An effort to make more of the state education board's members elected by the public, rather than appointed by the governor, failed to win support Wednesday in the House and Governmental Affairs Committee. Currently, eight members of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education are elected from... more »
  • Common Core defeats two bills in House committee Play Video

    April 2, 2014 11:05 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Two bills that were supported by Governor Jindal and would have changed the foundation of the state's Common Core failed to get out of the House Education Committee Wednesday. Representatives denied both HB 381 and HB 558 in a 12 to seven vote. HB 381... more »
  • Following error-filled state audit, school system will perform its own

    March 20, 2014 9:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Parish School Board voted Thursday night to run its own audit following one done by the state that found serious issues. Auditors said student records had serious errors and found evidence of diploma fraud. But, at the meeting, BESE and state... more »
  • Education board backs $3.5B school funding formula

    March 13, 2014 4:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has approved a $3.5 billion school funding formula for next year to recommend to state lawmakers. The financing plan was backed in a 7-2 vote Thursday, over the opposition of local school superintendents and boards. Local school leaders say the... more »
  • BESE delays decision on $3.5B school funding plan

    March 7, 2014 12:35 PM

    BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has stalled action on a $3.5 billion annual school funding formula due to state lawmakers by March 15. BESE members said Friday they wanted more time to work on the spending proposal, which would pay for the operations... more »
  • BESE backs overhaul of La. career-track diploma

    March 6, 2014 2:37 PM

    BATON ROUGE- A redesign of Louisiana's career-track diploma has received overwhelming backing from members of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. Superintendent of Education John White's proposal centers on high school students getting job skills certifications to earn their diploma if they don't intend to go to a four-year... more »
  • BESE member indicted for theft, fraud

    January 17, 2014 1:17 PM

    SHREVEPORT - A DeSoto Parish grand jury indicted Walter Lee, a member of the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, on Friday for theft and fraud charges. The indictment accused Lee of two counts of felony theft, a count of public contract fraud, and a count of malfeasance... more »
  • St. George supporters blamed for cheating claims Play Video

    January 15, 2014 4:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A group defending the East Baton Rouge Parish School System blamed supporters of the proposed city of St. George for cooking up allegations of cheating within the school system. Superintendent of Education John White said the state is investigating the school system over allegations a student... more »
  • Cheating allegations raise concerns for BESE Play Video

    January 14, 2014 6:04 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A BESE representative is upset after what they said was lack of communication over allegations of cheating at East Baton Rouge Schools. Lottie Beebe says she was highly disturbed to find out the East Baton Rouge School System is being investigated for allegations of cheating on... more »
  • BESE backs changes to public school financing

    January 14, 2014 12:43 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state's top school board is supporting proposals to change the way it divvies up $3.5 billion in annual funding for public schools. Nearly all members of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education backed recommendations Tuesday from a task force that reviewed the funding formula.... more »
  • Common core standards two years away from classrooms

    December 3, 2013 5:48 PM

    BATON ROUGR- The controversial common core standards are coming to classrooms but not for two years. The state school board backed a two year delay tied to the phase in of stricter educational standards. Those two years will give the board time to sort out what those penalties... more »
  • BESE supports change in shift to tougher standards Play Video

    December 3, 2013 3:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's state school board has backed a two-year delay for some consequences tied to the phase-in of more rigorous educational standards, called Common Core, at public schools. Members of the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education on Tuesday overwhelmingly supported the changes pushed by Superintendent of Education... more »
  • Common Core changes go to BESE

    December 2, 2013 3:03 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Local school boards and public school superintendents are asking for a slow-down of Louisiana's shift to toughened educational standards. The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education on Tuesday will consider changes sought by Education Superintendent John White to the roll-out of Common Core standards. White is... more »
  • State to review teacher evaluations

    October 18, 2013 6:28 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The state plans to do a review of a key part of Louisiana's controversial new evaluations for some public school teachers. The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education directed Executive Director Heather Cope, in consultation with state Superintendent of Education John White, to come up... more »
  • BESE tweaks Common Core

    October 16, 2013 11:40 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education has tweaked its regulations governing the state's shift to tougher testing and educational standards. BESE's decision Wednesday to make adjustments to its rules for use of the Common Core came a day after the board heard five hours of testimony... more »
  • BESE hears Common Core concerns Play Video

    October 15, 2013 5:06 PM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisianians continue to look for common ground concerning the Common Core State Standards. The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) is hearing concerns from parents and teachers at their meeting Tuesday night. Some parents at the meeting said they've taken their kids out of... more »
  • BESE to consider funds for 'Course Choice' program

    June 18, 2013 10:39 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The state education board is being asked to allocate $2 million for a pilot program to expand online high school course offerings to public school students. The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education considers Tuesday the funding plan for the "Course Choice" program to begin in the... more »
  • Senators reject new school funding formula

    May 21, 2013 11:41 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Senators have killed a $3.5 billion public school funding proposal submitted to lawmakers by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. The Senate Education Committee voted Tuesday to reject the formula, because of concerns about proposed changes to special education and gifted student payments to schools. The... more »
  • BESE drops plan to change rules

    April 17, 2013 9:21 AM

    BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's top school board has dropped proposed new rules that public school counselors and librarians said would diminish their roles and hurt students. Both state Superintendent of Education John White, who initially pushed the changes, and Chas Roemer, president of the state Board of Elementary and... more »
  • BESE approves K-12 funding plan Play Video

    March 7, 2013 6:14 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education approved Gov. Bobby Jindal's school funding formula for the 2013-2014 school year, which protects his school voucher program. Last year a judge ruled the funding formula unconstitutional. That case is on appeal with the state Supreme Court. ... more »
  • BESE considers 2013-14 school funding formula

    March 7, 2013 10:36 AM

    BATON ROUGE - State education officials heard a briefing this morning on the school funding formula for the 2013-2014 school year. Superintendent of Education John White held the teleconference at the start of BESE's regularly scheduled meeting. News 2's Mike Steele is at the meeting and will have... more »

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